By Dana Zillgitt, Regular ContributorSeptember 27, 2015
I’m sitting in my apartment right now listening to Tim McGraw and Kelly Clarkson, and I cannot help but think how lucky I am; how honestly lucky I am to have such a strong core group of women who support and uplift me to my highest heights. I am spoiled out of my mind by all the love I’m able to witness on a daily basis. It’s mindblowing and the pure epitome of #blessed and #nofilter. It took me long enough to realize that I’m worth more than Maybelline makeup remover stains and tubs of frosting on a Thursday night. Now cue the cheesy moments-you may want to grab a box of tissues.
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Having this solid group of women has only grown since writing for I Am That Girl, and it’s pure brilliance to be a part of something so huge, something so moving, so show-stopping only Dannity Kane could put a beat to it. (Am I the only one who remembers that P.Diddy girl group?)
Over the past year or so, I’ve been lucky enough to really solidify my tribe of fearless leaders.
My group of brilliance that the words inspired or awakened by don’t even begin to cover it. I’ve always been the tomboy growing up, too scared to admit that I needed my girlfriends to really understand the vibrancies of growing up and how utterly complicated it is to adult on a regular basis. Bills? Romance? Crate & Barrel? What are these things?
I am so excited to not only be supported by my girls, but to also see them grow into the women they were always meant to become. We’ve all come a long way, wrestling with demons and fighting for a spot.
These women that I’m lucky enough to call friends, some even family, have taught me how to be strong while maintaining vulnerability.
But most importantly? Having this group of girlfriends has taught me the importance of supporting a larger network of women, of supporting IATG’s mission that every girl is worth it, no matter where she comes from. It has taught me that separately we may be strong, but together? We’re a force to be reckoned with. After all, hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.
So here’s to the women in our lives that have held steadfast, who have maintained their stability while the waters around them have swirled more so than a hurricane, and here’s to the women who’ve been there for us no matter what. Here’s to us.
Who are the women in your life that inspire you? Tell us below!
Dana has her BA in International Affairs & Spanish as well as a mild obsession with rescue animals and all things caffeinated. She’s mastered the art of the selfie, fort building, and even the sass battle. Plus, she can quote 95% of Anchorman and Zoolander.
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